Topic: Life In Art and Art In Life, a Practical Digital Illustration Workshop
Speaker: Nina Edwards
Time: 3:30-5:30pm, Thursday, June 1, 2017
Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd St.)
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. (Please click HERE
The biggest difference between illustration and fine art is that illustration is a form of commercial art: its aesthetics applies to everyday life. It has to perform certain functions and convey information to its target audience. This information is carried through newspapers, magazines, books, advertising, merchandise, and the internet into public life. Through different creative themes (fashion, travel, fantasy, current affairs, lifestyle, character design, etc.), media (traditional and digital) and markets (gifts, stationery, animation, advertising, graphic novels, picture books, promotions, home furnishing, and decorative wall art), illustrators demonstrate diverse, lively, and everyday sides of the illustration field to the consumers' lives.
Nina Edwards has nearly 20 years of illustration, graphic design, and curating experience in the US. She teaches Fashion Illustration, Digital Art, and Art Licensing classes and workshops at Pratt Institute. Her expertise includes digital and watercolor illustrations, especially integrating opposing elements such as traditional and modern, Eastern and Western, and art and technology into her illustrations and designs.
In this two-hour hands-on workshop, she will share her creative process on how to incorporate her Taiwanese Hakka watercolor floral illustration, with the help of the modern software technology, to develop practical and beautiful licensing gift product lines, she will also demonstrate live Hakka floral watercolor painting, along with several popular drawing software like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Procreate App. The main purpose of this illustration workshop is to show to the audience illustration is an applied art that covers many different areas and fields. About Nina Edwards
Nina Edwards is a NY-based fashion illustrator with a love for contemporary glamour and elegant touches. She works with fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands to create modern and stylized illustrations for creative campaigns, editorial contents, surface patterns, branding and more!
Nina was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US when she was 14. She graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a BA in fashion illustration and later received her MFA in illustration from California State University, Fullerton.
Her expertise includes digital and watercolor illustrations, especially rendering fashionable women, accessories, and patterns. Her clients includes Scholastic. Her clients includes Target, Cosmopolitan magazine, Bridal Guide, Seventeen magazine, Madison Park Greetings, Design Design Inc., Starbucks, among others.
Nina is actively involved in education. She teaches Graphic Design, Fashion Illustration, and Art Licensing classes and workshops at Pratt Institute. She is also a gallery curator. She curated five illustration exhibitions and one runway fashion show in New York and Taiwan.
In February 2016, during New York Fashion Week, Nina was invited by the Apple 5th Ave flagship store to demonstrate how to use simple sketching apps like Paper 53 and Zen Brush to create amazing fashion illustrations, modify photos, and shared tips for creating a digital portfolio. She gave another successful iPad fashion illustration demonstration this year at Apple Store Upper West Side.
At the international level, she has developed and taught many art licensing, copyright, illustration, and greeting card design courses and workshops in Taiwan and China for nearly 10 years.